Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her.
Don’t wander down her wayward path.
Proverbs 7:25 (NLT)
As one who has been journeying through God’s Message for many years, please know that head scratching and the occasional fit of confusion is a natural part of the sojourn. Through the first several chapters of Proverbs I can appreciate King Solomon’s repeated warnings about avoiding the temptations of an immoral and adulterous woman and how he literarily contrasts that (briefly) with embracing wisdom who is also personified as a woman.
What will forever have me scratching my head as I read Proverbs are two questions.
First, history records that Solomon himself had 700 wives and 300 concubines. That means that the dude could sleep with a different woman every night for roughly three years before he’d have to see the same woman twice. It seems to me if that is your reality and you’re still warning your son about being tempted by a woman who is not your wife (or concubine), you’ve got issues. I’m just saying.
Second, and while I appreciate that Solomon was writing in a male dominated culture from thousands of years ago, it seems to me that for every female temptress there is at least one smarmy adulteror guy preying on unsuspecting women. Solomon, whose dad seduced his married mother (Bathsheba) and had her husband whacked, seems eerily silent on that subject. Of course, with 1000 women to satisfy, he was probably busy.
I appreciate the truth of what today’s chapter is communicating. Nevertheless, I do have a few questions for God when I reach the journey’s end.